Our Staff

“PEN enables parents and teachers to better understand the others' perspectives and work—together—in the best interests of the child. PEN offers an unparalleled collection of meetings, lectures and seminars that are receiving national attention.”
— Rick Lavoie

Visit EdRevSF.org for information about EdRev, our annual gathering at AT&T Park, San Francisco.
EdRev 2017 will take place Saturday April 22nd!

Diverse, hard-working and multi-talented, our team shares a passion for delivering the programs that engage and empower parents, educators and students to deepen their understanding of learning and attention differences.

Melissa Fedoronko, Executive Director

Mrs. Fedoronko resides in the Palo Alto area with her husband, David, and two children young, spirited children. She carries a deep passion for working with LD students, their families and the teams that collaborate on their education.

Mrs. Fedoronko has worked in the education field for the past 12 years, since earning her Masters in Special Education. Her love of supporting the LD community began with her first job following her master's work teaching at Charles Armstrong School. Since then she has been involved in many roles of education not only as a teacher, but as a case manager, teacher coach, parent supporter, team leader, private interventionist and most recently as the Lead Learning Specialist for a private Jewish Day school on the peninsula. Prior to transitioning to the education sector, Melissa worked in marketing and advertising.
Mrs. Fedoronko attended Philadelphia University, majoring in Product Design for her undergraduate degree. She later attended New Jersey City University earning her Masters degree in Special Education, which brought her to the Bay Area LD community.
In her spare time, Melissa likes to be outside with her family riding bikes, hiking, and going on "adventures". One of her most favorite past times is curling up with her children and a good book.

Paul Assen, Communications Director

Paul has lived in San Francisco with his wife Christina for the past ten years. He has been with PEN in a number of roles since 2008, before which he spent several years as an ESL instructor in the US, Ireland and South Korea. He has a BA in English and Anthropology from the National University of Ireland. In his spare time he likes to read, travel and explore the beauty of the Bay Area through hiking and birding.

Irina Mashevsky, Accountant